Saturday, August 18, 2018

I.C.E. going overboard again

Watched CNN this morning and saw a report that I.C.E. agents arrested an illegal alien, with no criminal record other than not being here legally, while transporting his wife to a hospital so she can give birth via a Caesarian Section. What the hell kind of country is this when these Gestapo measures occur? Where is the human decency? I.C.E. needs new non-Nazi leadership and needs to go back to its original priorities of going after criminal illegal immigrants rather than the low hanging fruit of 99.9 % innocent people while they drop their children off at school or take their pregnant wives to the hospital. This should not be happening in the United States.

Later ICE revealed that the husband is wanted on Mexico on suspicion of homicide. If true and valid, that may shade a different light on the situation. Two questions do arise though. Why did they not inform the couple he was being arrested in part on suspicion of murder in Mexico? Second, why did they leave a pregnant woman who they knew was going to the hospital for a Caesarian to fend for herself? That is not very manly. 

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ice-detained-man-with-pregnant-wife20180818-story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/08/18/ice-arrested-man-driving-his-pregnant-wife-give-birth-she-drove-herself-hospital/?utm_term=.c6088e37eb09

Cool article similar to the theme of yesterday's Idea of the Week. Bringing out the shortcomings of the Republican leadership from the KKK endorsed candidate to the obstructionist in chief to the Eddie Munster speaker should be produced as well.

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/17/639615953/democrats-unveil-ad-attacking-house-gop-leaders?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20180818&utm_campaign=politics&utm_term=nprnews

Swimming underwater through plastic courtesy of How People Reacted.

https://www.facebook.com/namelesstv/videos/206933976649369/UzpfSTM1MjU4NzE5ODE4MTE0MzoxNjAyNzgzMDg2NDk0ODc1/

Should we make voting mandatory courtesy of PBS. I vote yes

https://www.facebook.com/pbs/videos/678509289175823/UzpfSTM1MjU4NzE5ODE4MTE0MzoxNjAyODc0MjkzMTUyNDIx/

Real Time with Bill Maher from 8/17/18

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGb6oxTq9a4

Shields and Brooks from 8/17/18

https://www.pbs.org/video/shields-and-brooks-1534525761/

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Idea of the Week: Again, a good defense is a good offense.

There is a justifiable annoyance with some Democrats who are afraid of Republicans connecting them with their leader Nancy Pelosi. As has been noted on this blog and by other columnists like Paul Krugman (see link below), the current and three previous Republican Speakers of the House cannot compare to Ms. Pelosi who has demonstrated leadership strength, legislative prowess, fundraising magnetism, and strong character. Newt Gingrich, Dennis Hastert, John Boehner, and Paul Ryan have not shown strengths in all of these areas and the first two are individuals who represent the worst parts of humanity while Mr. Boehner and Mr. Ryan lack the leadership strength and legislative prowess. Where are the Democratic ads attacking this string of insults to public service? Where are the ads attacking obstructionist in chief, supreme court seat thief, and potential traitor Mitch McConnell? A good defense is a good offense and to cower on attacks towards Ms. Pelosi shows a wimpiness in some Democrats whose ranks do not deserve leadership positions should they come available if the former Speaker decides to retire. There is a habit among families and teams that you stick together through thick and thin and take care of any issues internally. Democrats need to do that and they need to turn their energies towards attacking the people who are destroying this country so we can win in 2018, 2020 and beyond.


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/13/opinion/nancy-pelosi-midterms-democrats-republicans.html

Documentaries of the Week: the latest from Frontline

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/

Books of the Week: Some are repeats

Henrik Ibsen: Enemy of the People

Todd Strasser: The Wave

Michiko Kakutani: The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Let us try listening to real news.

The "Omarosa" Tapes may yield something groundbreaking. So far they have only confirmed what people already knew about the KKK endorsed candidate. Until the tapes reveal something more newsworthy, there are more newsworthy stories to cover like increasing daily temperatures, unacceptable levels of child poverty, fixing towns like Flint Michigan and commonwealths like Puerto Rico at greatly accelerated rates. Those are the stories that should be covered.

The KKK endorsed candidate and popular vote loser is trying to deny witnesses that may testify against him (if they have not already to Robert Mueller's investigation) access to classified material with regards to Russian Collusion. Can we call this another example of obstruction of justice or witness tampering? You judge.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/16/opinion/john-brennan-trump-russia-collusion-security-clearance.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/16/politics/john-brennan-nyt-op-ed/index.html


https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/08/16/once-again-trump-blows-up-his-own-lies/?utm_term=.1147e756d1f3

The latest from Robert Reich on Trump's Trade Wars

https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/videos/469003253577642/UzpfSTM1MjU4NzE5ODE4MTE0MzoxNTk4OTI1NzIwMjEzOTQ1/

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Tribute to Aretha Franklin


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

This is what real Blasphemy is.

It is a pity that some of these monsters who committed these vile acts against children while masquerading as clergy have already passed on to meet their maker. If there is a divine justice and a hell, hopefully, there is a special spot there for these vermin to burn. The Vatican should be made to give up anyone still alive and within legal reach to the proper authorities. The Church should not shield these insults to humanity. They need to pay for their heinous crimes towards the children they victimized.


https://www.vox.com/2018/8/15/17689994/catholic-sex-abuse-priest-crisis-pennsylvania-report

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Deficits do matter and we should care but so does Social Justice

The next Democratic-led administration that comes to power (hopefully in 2021) will need to tackle problems that either Republican obstructionism and leadership have created. These include:

1) fixing and modernizing our crumbling infrastructure
2) reducing income inequality by creating a fairer tax code, raising the minimum wage and providing needed benefits like paid family leave and free college.
3) fixing what the Republicans have done to health care, education, science and innovation, the environment, and the courts.
4) putting our fiscal house in order.

Contrary to popular opinion, Republicans have not demonstrated since 1981 (with the possible exception of George H.W. Bush) that they know how to manage the nation's finances. Democrats have and it will fall on a Democratic Administration to pursue an ambitious social justice and modernization/innovative agenda that gradually reduces our nation's debt. If we do not, interest rates will go up and we will be more like a Banana Republic than what the current KKK endorsed Administration is making us into. Democrats have demonstrated they have done this before while paying for their programs and they will do so again.

The only difference is social justice should be emphasized first with a gradual reduction of the debt. The Clinton and to a lesser extent Obama Administrations taught us that emphasizing debt reduction over social justice while leaving the country better off,  is not the road to travel this time. There are serious issues like stagnating wages facing our people and if tax cuts for the rich and bloating the defense budget can take precedence over reducing the deficit, then providing needed social justice action for our citizens should not be a big stretch of the imagination for Democrats. The difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Democrats have proven they could do both. Republicans have mostly not in close to 40 years.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/americas-debt-has-exploded-why-does-no-one-care/2018/08/13/f1d96aee-9cdb-11e8-843b-36e177f3081c_story.html?utm_term=.9f6f83e3df17

Nice editorial by Katrina Vanden Heuvel on the Progressive Movement

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-progressive-insurgency-isnt-on-its-deathbed-its-only-just-beginning/2018/08/14/c25ca326-9fba-11e8-83d2-70203b8d7b44_story.html?utm_term=.3e33d68441eb

Bad news for global temperatures in the near future.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2018/08/14/next-five-years-will-be-anomalously-warm-scientists-predict/?utm_term=.5107621dfb86

It was voting turnout like this in 2006 and 2008. Let us keep our fingers crossed.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/2018-primaries-democratic-enthusiasm-surges-n897731

Where Trump got the idea to call Omarosa a dog? Maybe.



THIS IS WHERE TRUMP GOT THE INSPIRATION TO CALL OMAROSA A DOG: IT APPEARS TO BE A MOB REFERENCE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPV8QTd7H7Q

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I.C.E. going overboard again

Watched CNN this morning and saw a report that I.C.E. agents arrested an illegal alien, with no criminal record other than not being here le...